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FRE 376H1S
French Phonology and Phonetics


J. Steele


A phonetic and phonological study of the sound system of French as spoken by native and non-native speakers. Both segmental (allophonic variation, cluster simplification, assimilation/coarticulation) and prosodic phenomena (liaison, stress) will be investigated. Students will receive training in experimental phonetics (perception and production studies, acoustic analysis) as well as formal phonological analysis.

Required texts: Léon, Phonétisme et prononciations du français (Available at the U of T Bookstore); Brousseau & Nikiema, Phonologie et morphologie du français (Available via the course Blackboard site).

Assignments and evaluation: In-class tests (2 x 25%); assignments (2 x 20%); overall assessment (10%).

The Department takes into account the quality of students' French as one of the criteria in the evaluation of assignments and examinations. A minimum of 20% of the grade will be allocated to this aspect of written assignments.

Prerequisites: FRE 272H1, FRE 274H1.


This course is found in the following categories:


Revue Arborescences

Considérant que rien de ce qui touche la langue française ne lui est étranger, la revue Arborescences se veut un espace de réflexion sur les enjeux actuels des études françaises aussi bien en littérature, en linguistique qu’en didactique.

History of the Department

French Studies at the University of Toronto 1853-1993